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Desert Fury
Published in Paperback by Signet (1998)
Author: Tom Wilson
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Tom Wilson is today's best adventure fiction author.
I've read all of Tom Wilson's books. They just keep getting better and better. Desert Fury is first rate adventure fiction. An intricate and believable plot, a real life hero, and a little romance make this quality fiction. This needs to be made into a movie.

Riveting Suspense with a super hero
Tom Wilson wrote three great novels about flying in North Vietnam (he actually did it and survived). his most recent books have been more about high tech adventure combined with Native American tradition and culture. The book keeps moving all the time with twists and turns enough to make you not want it to end.

Best book I've read in a long time
I thought the timing of the events and the writing of Tom Wilson were just perfect. I can't say enough good things about this book. My new favorite author!

Manly Adventures II and Other Delusions: Sudden Impact
Published in Paperback by Red Apple Pub (01 March, 1999)
Authors: Tom Wilson and Danny Shaw
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That's my boy!
Yet another dazzling kaleidoscopic collage of stunningly magnificent illustrations.

It's an hour or so of good-natured escapism.
It has been said that "comedians tell funny stories and humorists tell stories funny.' By that definition, then Tom Wilson is a humorist. MANLY ADVENTURES II is a cleverly illustrated book by the 'Ray Ramano' of the written word.

That's my boy!
An ingenious and insightful collection of worldly observations. A compilation of possible historical significance.

Black Canyon
Published in Paperback by Signet (1999)
Author: Tom Wilson
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Another Great Read
I have read every book written by Tom. If you like the thriller genre from authors like Tom Clancy, Dale Brown, etc, you must read this work. Tom's previous works are also well worth a look and read.

Looking forward to his next work.

Black Canyon
An excellent book that brings back Link Anderson and the Weyland Foundation as they battle drug dealers and terrorists. This one is first rate. If you haven't read Mr. Wilson's previous books, you're in for a real fest. If you have, you'll just have to wait for his next - just like me.

Wow, I was very impress with Black Canyon. This is the first time I'd ever read one of his books and I must say that I'm very impressed. He reminds me of a cross between Tom Clancy and Clive Cussler (with a hint of Ian Fleming). That combination makes this thriller explosive. I can't wait to get my hands on his other books! I'm always happy when I find an author of this caliber (keep em coming Mr. Wilson). Overall you need to get this book.

Borderlands 2 (Borderlands Series , No 2)
Published in Paperback by White Wolf Publishing Inc. (1994)
Authors: Tom Monteleone, F. Paul Wilson, and Joe R. Lansdale
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The Best Horror Fiction Out There
I have read all four of the Borderlands collection and will say beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is not only the scariest stuff out there, but also cutting-edge fiction at its finest.

The stories presented in each collection are intelligent, extremely well-written, and creepy to the extreme. Those who enjoy the standard psychopathic killer yarn will not find what they're looking for here. Instead they'll find a type of horror that takes a time-honored genre and breathes new life into it. Simply outstanding.

Joe R. Landsdale, the master, does it again. It takes brilliance to know brilliance. These people can write. Some of these stories actually made me physically uncomfortable. Try to get it if you can.

The best dark horror anthology in years.
The "Borderlands" Series is the best dark fiction writing I have ever read. Really skirts the edges and pulls no punches but without the traditional horror cliches. Nothing goes bump in the night but after reading these stories a simple bump won't even phase you anymore.

Mark Twain : Mississippi Writings : Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, Huckleberry Finn, Pudd'nhead Wilson (Library of America)
Published in Hardcover by Library of America (1982)
Authors: Mark Twain and Guy Cardwell
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Wonderful book, wonderful series
If pressed to mention a series of books I love more than all others, I would have to cite Library of America; this is not because I am a fan of stictly American literature, but because I have never seen a series so dedicated--and so good at--a mission of preserving and presenting a body of literature of such greatness in such a worthy manner. Perhaps some day there will be a Library of Russia, Library of France, Library of England, etc.

Twain is a delight and underrated by modern critics; here lies a good collection of some of his fine works. Especially good are Life on the Mississippi and Pudd'nhead Wilson, along with the indesposable Huckleberry Finn. Also contained is Tom Sawyer, which I cannot praise, but I cannot deny its position as a classic and its deservence to be included in this volume.

A Grand View of A Grandeur
Once they were absolute rulers - laws made to meet their needs, unstinting respect their due, their commands obeyed without hesitation or reluctance. They are vanished today, the last of their lineage in tourist boats, unremarked, nearly unremembered. Nearly two centuries ago, the Mississippi steamboat pilot was a legendary figure. Mark Twain conveys us to that time and environment in one of his finest writings. Life On the Mississippi is a superb descriptive achievement in portraying the river scene , but also conveys vivid images of the people living on and along it. It's an outstanding example of painting with both a broad brush and enhancing with fine detail.

Beginning with a history of European "discovery" and exploration of this mighty stream, Twain moves us into his own history as a "cub" pilot. Perhaps no-one before or since has so effectively exposed what it meant to "tackle the river" in learning to safely man the wheel of a river steamer. From his first astonishment at discovering he must "get a notebook and write down" the names of all the points, landmarks, snags and "crossings" through the realization that most of that information would change before his next trip, he comes to understand that a pilot must "know the river" with full dedication. As we follow him through the process he introduces us to the river's wonders and the people it supports. He explains the ranking of pilots, steamboat captains, mates and "hands." None of his observations are boring, from the most mundane river condition to dramatic events such as boiler explosions.

Those fearing that Twain's information may be "outdated" may take heart. Much of the book views his early days on the river from the vantage point of thirty years later. He is reminiscing, but Twain's excellent style brings us with him into each memory. Our feelings readily align with his as he guides us. The latter part of the book is a collection of images of the river valley in the latter part of the 19th Century as Twain revisits the river after a long absence. The only real distinction, apart from the automobile, which did for the railroad what the latter did to the steamboat, are the statistics of agriculture and industry. His descriptions of towns, villages and cities differ little from what we might encounter duplicating his journey.

During this pilgrimage, Twain brings in numerous anecdotal episodes to further sparkle his descriptive and historical accounts. Although all are entertaining at one level or another, several stand out as representatives of Twain's inventive genius. Ritter's Narrative is among the grimmest of Twain's essays in any of his publications. It's a story of a long-term quest for vengeance with a bizarre outcome. A far lighter note is struck with the story of a sleepwalking steamboat pilot. An account of the pilots organizing a "protective association" is told with light humour, not quite obscuring the serious nature of its intent.

In all, no matter that this book's focus lies in a period stretching back nearly two centuries, the writing is vigorous enough to capture today's readers. The history is related with Twain's always lively skill, something as mundane as a sunset is imparted with his special verve. This book can be taken up repeatedly; for reminders of a lost era, for an examination of values or, the best reason of all, for a prime example of what North America's greatest writer could produce in his passion for narrative.

This is the kind of book reserved for the word "volume" and by that I mean it carries all the weight of Twain's most accessible works. All of the Library of America books carry this weight but this was one of the first and deservedly so. I'm reviewing this book not just on its contents but on its sheer style and scholarly editing, its fitness in the hand (or lap), the way it will look on your bookshelf and the 10-point Linotron Galliard printing that makes the very act of reading much easier.
Now, the contents cannot be less magnificent as the river all these writings have in common. Funny, wise and as much a part of 19th century American history as you'll find anywhere, these are great examples of the best American writing in one "volume" by one of the world's most recognized authors. No self-respecting booklover should be without it.

Black Sky
Published in Mass Market Paperback by Signet (07 January, 2003)
Author: Tom Wilson
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Tom Wilson is the Best!
Black Sky is a must read!! Tom Wilson writes true to life books that once you start reading you won't be able to them down. I can't wait for his next book to come out. I would highly recommend that you read every book that Tom "Bear" Wilson has written.

Courage to Follow the Vision
Published in Paperback by Red Apple Pub (2002)
Authors: Tom Wilson and Lyle Emerson George
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Filled with memorable, candid experiences
Courage To Follow The Vision: The Journey Of Lyle Emerson George is the story of Lyle George's life, as told to friend and colleague Tom Wilson. Lyle George was a Tribal Council Chairman on the Squamish Reservation and participated in the National Indian Council. George's daily life, as well as his duties, often involved figuring out ways to combat the chronic and endemic problems plaguing the Native Americans he represented, including the all too familiar specters of poverty, alcoholism, corruption, boundary disputes, and crime. An informative and engaging account filled with memorable, candid experiences, as well as a personal look at Native American culture today, Courage To Follow The Vision is an impressive contribution to Native American Studies supplemental reading lists and academic reference collections.

Final Thunder
Published in Paperback by Signet (1996)
Author: Tom Wilson
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Exciting and Suspenseful, a must read!
This is a great book. After surviving an airplane crash in the mountains of Utah, passengers are trying to stay alive from a ruthless assassin. Nonstop action, and a pretty descent plot.

Get Ziggy With It
Published in Paperback by Andrews McMeel Publishing (15 May, 2000)
Authors: Jim Wilson and Tom Wilson
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Drowning Mime...
Ziggy's abortive foray in world of hip-hop is a cautionary tale for toeless cartoon characters everywhere. Though assisted in the studio by such rap impresarios as Big Daddy Kane, Sir Mix-A-Lot, and the ugly guy from 3rd Bass, Ziggy's "Get Ziggy With It" was a mish-mash of conflicting styles, meaningless lyrics, and a curious tendency toward mandolin samples. Without the virtuosic production of Tom "Dre Money" Wilson, the album fails like a drowning mime...not "so-bad-it's-good," but merely "so-bad-it's-terrible." With the repetitive shout out, "Zig Zig, mack mack Schmig!" we feel a deep embarassment for an artist that, like David Hasselhoff, should have stuck to his forte.

The $20 million "Get Ziggy With It" video for the album's title track and first single was the greatest failure since Ziggy's use of Rogaine. The opening scene, shot on the Sultan of Brunei's luxury yacht in the middle of the Ganges River, took 14 months to film and cost the lives of 12 different Ziggy stunt stand-in midget balding eunuch albinos (with no toes). The remaining 26 scenes had to be shot in Tom Wilson's cousin's rec room in Battle Creek, Michigan. The disjointed feeling of the video echoes Ziggy's entire putrescent late '90s repetoire.

Manly Adventures and Other Delusions
Published in Paperback by Red Apple Pub (1995)
Authors: Tom Wilson and Danny Shaw
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Very funny book, it made me laugh out loud.
This was a great book, with clean humor appropriate for the whole family. I was laughing so hard, tears came down my face. I recommend this book to anybody who has every gone fishing, been in an airplane, or has a father. It is filled with great stories.

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